Arthur J. Magida is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Nazi Seance and The Rabbi and the Hit Man. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Captures the spirit of this very courageous woman who was not designed for wartime heroism.-- KALW-FM, San Francisco Vivid and engaging.-- Library Journal What a story this is. Magida tells it very well.--Jon M. Sweeney America magazine A singular World War II tale highlights the bravery of a Sufi mystic's daughter who sacrificed a peaceful life in France to become a secret agent for the British during the war. Magida fashions a highly original biography of the short, brave life of Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944)... A harrowing thriller in which a young woman's 'joy of sacrifice' turned to tragedy.--Kirkus Reviews An engrossing tale of an amazing woman and her immense courage in the face of evil.--Alex Kershaw, author of Avenue of Spies An intimate and compelling portrait of the most extraordinary undercover agent of World War II. Noor Inayat Khan's story is one of courage, heroism, and tragedy: Magida's fascinating biography delves deep into the life of this devout Sufi woman whose moral imperative was to fight fascism at all costs--even if that meant putting herself in mortal danger.--Giles Milton, author of Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy Noor Inayat Khan is a woman for our age: a true heroine who faced down evil when she saw it and sacrificed her life for the cause of freedom. Arthur J. Magida's biography is both a thrilling spy story and a moving portrait of her courage.--Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire Thanks to the dexterous work of Arthur Magida, Noor Inayat Khan finally takes her rightful place in world history. Free-spirited, glamorous, devout--embodying a life of mysticism and the arts--the only Indian woman spy fighting fascism in the golden age of Euro-American spying.--Ruby Lal, author of Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan [Code Name Madeleine] sheds new light on a heroine.... Her plight mirrors our own times.--Dalya Alberge Guardian A missing chapter of the annals of World War II. [Code Name Madeleine] highlights the still underappreciated role women played in defeating Hitler. A rare and rich treat!--Kati Marton, author of True Believer